out-set

outset

[out-set]
noun
1.
the beginning or start: I wanted to explain the situation at the outset.

Origin:
1530–40; out- + set

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outset (ˈaʊtˌsɛt)
 
n
a start; beginning (esp in the phrase from (orat) the outset)

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outset
"act of setting out on a journey, business, etc." 1759, from out + set (v.). The earlier word for this was outsetting (1676).
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